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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Mrs. Badger tells Esther that ___________.
2. Mr. George has visited Grandfather Smallweed regarding ___________.
3. Mr. Skimpole is ___________.
4. Mr. Snagsby, by trade, is ___________.
5. Jo's money was given to him by a female servant who ___________.
Short Essay Questions
1. Charity and philanthropy seem to be addressed frequently in the story. Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby have something in common in their efforts to help others. What is it?
2. Poor Guster, the Snagsbys' maid, is given to seizures. Why does Guster fit in so well with the Snagsbys?
3. Describe the general scene in the Chancery hearings on the Jarndyce suit, and London, as it is set by Dickens in the first chapter. Is there anything attractive or alluring about the ambience of either?
4. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?
5. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?
6. George has been a wayward son of Mrs. Rouncewell's and has only now reacquainted himself with his brother. What is the new connection between them?
7. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?
8. The story has turned into a whodunit. Why is lady Dedlock suspected of murdering Mr. Tulkinghorn?
9. Discuss the ending of the story. What is Dickens' intention when he allows Esther to live on happily after all that has taken place?
10. Describe the relationship between the married Dedlocks, Sir Leicester, and Lady Dedlock.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Find two pieces of literary criticism on Bleak House that do not agree with one another. Write an essay that provides your own opinion of the criticisms, whether you agree or disagree with them, and why.
Essay Topic 2
Write a well-researched paper about England's system of currency in the 1800s. Determine the name of each denomination and approximately what it was worth, or what it could buy. When did the system change and why?
Essay Topic 3
London's Court of Chancery actually existed at one time. Write a well-researched essay about the Chancery, its structure, its intended purpose and its eventual demise. Can you compare the institution to any that are in existence today?
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